Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE: SKT) and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers has a beta of 0.49, suggesting that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weingarten Realty Investors has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.8% of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Weingarten Realty Investors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Weingarten Realty Investors’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers $493.28 million 4.79 $276.68 million $1.51 16.46
Weingarten Realty Investors $571.15 million 7.17 $367.56 million $1.47 21.71

Weingarten Realty Investors has higher revenue and earnings than Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Weingarten Realty Investors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Weingarten Realty Investors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers 2 4 2 0 2.00
Weingarten Realty Investors 1 2 1 0 2.00

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers presently has a consensus price target of $29.90, suggesting a potential upside of 20.32%. Weingarten Realty Investors has a consensus price target of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.98%. Given Tanger Factory Outlet Centers’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Tanger Factory Outlet Centers is more favorable than Weingarten Realty Investors.

Profitability

This table compares Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Weingarten Realty Investors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers 29.65% 20.75% 5.66%
Weingarten Realty Investors 33.57% 11.03% 4.36%

Dividends

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers pays an annual dividend of $1.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Weingarten Realty Investors pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers pays out 90.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Weingarten Realty Investors pays out 104.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers has raised its dividend for 24 consecutive years and Weingarten Realty Investors has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers beats Weingarten Realty Investors on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Company Profile

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is an owner and operator of outlet centers in the United States and Canada. The Company is a fully-integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), which focuses on developing, acquiring, owning, operating and managing outlet shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio consisted of 36 outlet centers, with a total gross leasable area of approximately 12.7 million square feet, which were 98% occupied and contained over 2,600 stores representing approximately 400 store brands. Its outlet centers and other assets are held by, and all of its operations are conducted by, Tanger Properties Limited Partnership and subsidiaries (Operating Partnership). The Company owns the majority of the units of partnership interest issued by the Operating Partnership, through its subsidiaries, Tanger GP Trust and Tanger LP Trust. Tanger GP Trust controls the Operating Partnership as its sole general partner.

Weingarten Realty Investors Company Profile

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers it owns or leases. The Company also provides property management services. The Company is in the business of owning, managing and developing retail shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 220 centers, primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers, which were located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast with approximately 44.7 million square feet of gross leasable area. Its centers are located principally in the South, West Coast and Southeast Coast of the United States with concentrations in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. It also owned interests in 28 parcels of land that totaled approximately 19.8 million square feet, as of December 31, 2016.

Receive News & Ratings for Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.